Our expert says:
Interesting dilemma. If the girl was younger, there's be real point in considering the issue of the need to protect a minor, versus her right to privacy. But, you say, she is 18, which makes her legally an adult, and that includes the right to be wrong, and also the right to make her own decisions about sexual matters.
Now, this is not to say that there might not be something going on which could be worthy of concern. As neither you nor her mother seem to have developed the relationship with her in the direction of frank discussions of matetrs of concern, including sexuality, qould it seem too artificial for you to try a discussion with her on sexual matters, perhaps in the light of having heard of a colleague's daughter of 18 or 19 who has discovered that she is HIV positive --- and ask about her opinion about how teenagers should protect themselves, and what cautions and precautions she thinks are appropriate these days, so different from the days in which you were growing up yourself ?
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